Chelsea vs. Juventus: 8 Bold Predictions for the Blues' Champions League Opener

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Chelsea vs. Juventus: 8 Bold Predictions for the Blues' Champions League Opener
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At this point last season, Chelsea were barely hanging on to their season. They'd been slotted into a Champions League group with Bayer Leverkusen, Valencia and Genk and new manager Andre Villas-Boas was already showing signs of losing hold of his side.

Fast-forward eight months later and the Blues had fired Villas-Boas, won their first piece of Champions League silverware and therefore earned a spot in this year's tournament—as well as all the prize money that comes with it.

It's been a dramatic 12 months at Stamford Bridge and it only seems to be getting more dramatic as Chelsea sit atop the Premier League table and start to defend their Champions League title.

First up? Juventus, last season's Serie A title winners and the Blues' most formidable opponents in Group E.

The others? Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Nordsjælland, good teams in their own rights but not the kinds of clubs that will challenge Chelsea or Juventus from moving on.

There's a lot to look forward to as the Blues pursue their second consecutive Champions League title on Wednesday, so the best thing to do is to sit back, relax and check out my bold predictions as Chelsea starts their Champions League campaign against Juventus.

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